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Mekong Delta people thrive in ’floating season’

Update: September, 29/2018 - 09:00
Rising waters: Heavy floods have come earlier this year, covering all residential areas, roads and fields in Đồng Tháp Province’s Hồng Ngự Town, especially in low-lying areas. — VNA/VNS Photo
Viet Nam News

by Ngọc Diệp

MEKONG DELTA —  Thousands of people in the Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta living in upstream provinces are benefiting from the annual flood season, known informally as the “floating season”, because of its benefits to locals.

Whatever it takes: Local military forces help students in An Giang Province’s An Phú District go to school via boat. — VNS Photo Ngọc Diệp

After harvests, farmers open their fields waiting for floodwaters that bring fish as well as alluvium that fertilises fields.

Shell season: Now is the peak season for crab in Thường Thới Tiền Commune in Đồng Tháp Province’s Hồng Ngự District. — VNS Photo Ngọc Diệp

During the flood season, boats are used both as a major means of transport and a means to catch fish.

Busy days: Fishing net makers in Vĩnh Tế Commune in An Giang Province’s Châu Đốc City are now entering the peak season in the Mekong Delta. — VNS Photo Ngọc Diệp

Besides the bounty of fish and other natural resources, craftspeople in Đồng Tháp and An Giang provinces are busy making fishing tools and boats during the flood season.

Fishy funds: A fishing net maker can earn about VNĐ3-5 million (US$128-214) per month during the flood season. — VNS Photo Ngọc Diệp

In July, craftspeople begin to make fishing nets, boats, fish hooks and crab traps for fishermen in Việt Nam, Cambodia and Laos.

Crafting traps: Lê Văn Thi, 60, a local bamboo crab trap maker in Đồng Tháp Province’s Hồng Ngự Town, is busy serving the needs of fishermen during the annual flood season. — VNS Photo Ngọc Diệp

Lotus plants and flowers also bring high income for local farmers in the delta during the flood season.VNS

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